Saturday

An Internet Time Capsule

The World Wide Web has been with us since the early 1990's - a little over 20 years - and yet it's hard for some of us to think of a time when we didn't have "the Internet". It's also hard to recall how web pages looked before all the animations, sounds, images, and ads that we have now. They were pretty bland actually, essentially pages of text with minimal formatting and occasional small graphics or static images. 

The two mains reasons for this were that first, the common method of access the early web was through dial-up modem and that was s-l-o-w even while it seemed wonderful, so things had to be kept simple. Second was the state of the new technology; web browsers were really only able to interpret and display those simple web sites at that time anyway. 

Thanks to the Internet Archive Way Back Machine, you can take peep "back in time" to snapshots of your favorite sites as they were in days gone by. It's a bit of an eye-opener, and a pretty remarkable site in it's own right.

Yahoo! from the late 1990's

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